NFL Bionic Man: Building the Perfect Running Back

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NFL Bionic Man: Building the Perfect Running Back
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In my estimation, one of the best running backs ever

Back in the 1970s, there was a show called The Six Million Dollar Man. At that time, $6 million was a lot of money; but in today’s athletic world, $6 million seems the norm. In the show, Steve Austin, a former astronaut, is involved in a horrific accident. Lying on his death bed, scientists decide to experiment with Austin and insert bionic components into his body as replacements.

Thinking of that particular show prompted me to consider building the perfect running back. Of course, this article is not about life and death, I just considered a parallel creation by taking the best of the following backs and combining those attributes in order to build the perfect back.

The idea does not sound remote when you think about genetic alteration, and if it could be done one would have to consider the following.

You would need to consider speed, strength, vision, blocking and, finally, receiving.

This article will attempt to look at five running backs currently in the game whose primary strength is one of the attributes above.  It is not to say this running back is better than the other. The idea is to build the perfect running back by pulling together the most prevalent strength that runner has.

Without further ado, let’s put this bionic running back together.

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